Thursday, December 10th 2009

Sharkoon Introduces SATA HDD Ethernet Docking Station

Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN makes SATA Hard drives, Storage cards und USB devices LAN compatible / HDD Docking station for 2.5" and 3.5" SATA Hard drives / with integrated USB Hub and card reader / PC access through eSATA or USB / MSRP 49.99 euros. Sharkoon is expanding their "SATA QuickPort" hard drive adapter series with a brand new model: the already available QuickPort Pro version, with an integrated USB hub and card reader, now also provides a LAN port so all users within a local network are accessible to the connected media.

The QuickPort series currently includes eight models, each with different features for different requirements. All Sharkoon QuickPorts allow direct and convenient access to SATA hard drives. The compact yet sturdy QuickPort table adapters are equipped with a series of slots for SATA drives in both the 2.5" and 3.5" formats. A clamping mechanism, with suitable space for smaller notebook drives, offer two types of secure grip. The disks are simply plugged into the QuickPort with the computer immediately recognizing the device as an authorized drive. After use, the drive can be easily removed by utilizing the eject button.

The PRO version has an integrated USB hub with two front USB 2.0 ports and a card reader for SD, SDHC, MMC, and MS formats. The USB hub and card reader are both connected via the USB to a computer or notebook with the hard drives being able to alternatively connect through the fast eSATA interface.

In addition, the latest Pro LAN model now offers a fast Ethernet interface to the associated SATA hard drives, memory cards and USB devices for integration into a local home or office network. Also, the QuickPort will link all involved computers with the installed server software to the network. Through the software menu, the individual user can connect the device to their own computer and access it as though it were connected to the local PC. Users can use this device to grasp another member who is blocked into the network. If necessary, the USB device can be easily restarted by utilizing the provided reset button.

The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN comes supplied with a Tool-CD including brief instructions, power supply, patch cable, USB cable, and a eSATA cable.

End customers will find the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN available immediately from authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of 49.99 euros.
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5 Comments on Sharkoon Introduces SATA HDD Ethernet Docking Station

#1
AthlonX2
HyperVtXâ„¢
why do all these companies rip off designs from each other...its amazing
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#2
ktr
by: AthlonX2
why do all these companies rip off designs from each other...its amazing
Mostly likely that all these companies buy from the same OEM manufacture and slaps their badge on it.
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#3
Mussels
Moderprator
this ones got a logical upgrade at least, with the NAS functionality


unfortunately, even on their website they don't specify if its gigabit or not

(the press release is vague, but it comes with USB2.0 and E-sata as well as the ethernet)
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#4
tigger
I'm the only one
Its kinda useful tho,i'd buy one.
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#5
Augie
the first question would be if it would work on a "directv DVR" as it has a esata output for HD & 3D movies that works today with a standard hard drive docking station. But can the Ethernet port be addressed at the same time as the esata port.

Does the esata port have priority over the Ethernet port? I think it should, but can both be connected and used without conflict?

Does the supplied software or (footprint) reside in/on the hard drive in the dock? this could make bad problems formatting the hard drive in the dock.

Can the USB port be connected and used at the same time as the esata port?

What is the problem they mention about the reset? Is there a problem with 2 clients on the Ethernet port?
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